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Alabama prosecutors to seek death in 2006 disappearance

January 31, 2019

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say they’ll seek the death penalty for a man charged with capital murder in the disappearance of an Auburn woman nearly 13 years ago.

Prosecutors announced the decision Wednesday in Lee County during a hearing for 38-year-old Derrill Richard Ennis.

Ennis has pleaded not guilty in the death of 24-year-old Lori Ann Slesinski, who was last seen in Auburn in 2006. The Opelika-Auburn News reports his trial is set for February 2020.

Slesinski’s mother reported her missing, and her burned-out car was found the next day. Police say Ennis knew Slesinski and became a person of interest but left Auburn after being questioned.

Ennis was arrested last summer in Pilot, Virginia, where court documents indicate he was living.

Authorities haven’t said if they’ve located Slesinski’s remains.

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